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Clinical Simulation Program

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The University of Wisconsin Department of Anesthesiology is proud of its long history of offering outstanding clinical and didactic instruction to residents and medical students.

A part of training at the UW since 1998, human patient simulation integrates a manikin, anesthesia machine, ventilator, monitoring equipment, and sophisticated computer hardware and software to teach residents in much the same way astronauts and pilots are taught.

Now, in keeping with this tradition of innovation in education, UW Health has constructed a state-of-the-science 6500 square foot clinical simulation facility with multidisciplinary facilities, resources and curriculum, and interdisciplinary capabilities.

Manikins have been designed to simulate actual patients: they breath, consume oxygen, produce carbon dioxide, have palpable pulses and audible breath sounds, respond to neuromuscular stimulation, and display real-time pulse, blood pressure, and pulse oximetry responses mimicking those seen clinically.

Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modeling, along with realistic respiratory and cardiovascular physiology, allows residents to explore clinical medicine in a hands-on way not previously possible.

The Clinical Simulation Program enables clinicians to develop and refine skills in airway management, monitoring, and the operation of resuscitation equipment far more rapidly and safely than when traditional teaching methods are used. In addition, advanced residents learn to diagnosis and treat life-threatening problems that may be encountered only rarely during medical training (e.g. anaphylaxis, malignant hyperthermia, etc).

Critical incidents can be simulated and managed, introducing residents to essential problem-solving skills and the dynamics of a team approach to acute patient care.

For more information: UW Health Clinical Simulation Program